Most Romantic Songs in Fantasy and Sci-Fi

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I’m no love expert, but I do consider myself to be a pretty good judge of music. Since Valentine’s Day is this weekend, I thought I’d share my favorite love songs from Fantasy and Sci-Fi.

As the World Falls Down: Labyrinth

Despite what you might think, I didn’t put this song on the list because of Bowie’s recent death. I’ve actually had this post drafted for a while but decided to wait to post it until closer to Valentine’s Day.

For the record, I don’t consider this a romantic movie (unless you count the disturbing attraction that Jareth has for the much younger Sarah or the creepy uncle attraction of Hoggle). Either the song is a wink to the illegal attraction that Jareth has for the MC or–like many of the songs Bowie wrote for the movie–it just has nothing to do with the story and is a complete deviation from the plot altogether. Regardless, listening to this song gives me a similar feeling that I get while listening to Boyz II Men  “I”ll Make Love to You.” It’s the lyrics–the ones Bowie articulates anyway. He can be pretty hard to understand at times.

What girl wouldn’t want a man who promises to place the moon within her heart and the sky in her eyes while painting her mornings of gold and leaving his love in the stars. So many beautiful celestial references–which I’m a sucker for.

I’m not a huge fan of this movie … I’ll just pause a moment and let you get it out of your system.

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As I was saying, I’m not a huge fan, but I thought the scene where she’s in the dream world dancing with Jareth was just fabulously fun to watch with the masks, the costumes, Sarah’s hair, and all that Bowie glitter. I kept thinking what a neat cosplay this would be.

Well, if you love Bowie and 80’s love songs, you’ll just “fall” for this one.

Aniron: Lord of the Rings

This song doesn’t need English lyrics, or maybe it’s the absence of English lyrics that make it so moving. You don’t have to speak elvish to understand the meaning of the words.

It’s just so tear-jerking beautiful. Not a surprise since the song was composed and sung by Enya and conducted by Howard Shore, creators of some of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard (says the woman who ran out and bought every Enya cd after hearing this song).

The song is the official love theme of Aragorn and Arwen and can be heard during their love scene, which is a little trite, especially because of their stilted dialogue. However, the romance hardly feels forced because of the song. Omit the music, and you just have two people stiffly facing each other exchanging bad dialogue. Total scene saver.

Tell Me Now: King Arthur

King Arthur is a B movie with an A movie soundtrack. If the screenwriters wrote the movie half as well as Hans Zimmer wrote the music, we’d have a contender for Gladiator or the Lord of the Rings.

To be clear, this is a list of my favorite romantic songs–not romances. The Arthur/Gwen ship was just dreadful and forced to put it kindly, but this song … it just reverberates with feelings and emotions I really don’t think were conveyed by the actors.

What do you think? Tell me, tell me now if you like this song.

That’s All I’ve Got to Say: The Last Unicorn

Poor Prince Leer didn’t know what to say or do to win the love of the Lady Almathea, so that’s what he sang about. What a beautiful, heartfelt song it ends up being for a man who said words were not one with him. Though if he was looking for the right words, he could have borrowed some from Jareth though it sounds like he may have tweaked some lines from Forrest.

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This is just one of those songs that makes me all warm and sappy. If a man ever sang this to me, I’d marry him in a heartbeat.

That’s really all I have to tell you about this song. That’s all I’ve got to say.

As Long as You’re Mine: Wicked

This counts as fantasy right? Anyway, I’ve never seen Wicked, but I don’t have to in order to love, love, love this song. It’s just so sexy. You can tell they want each other badly.

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How can you hear this song without imagining two people locked tightly in each others arms? To be honest, I was a little let down when I finally watched the video. The scene played out a little awkward compared to what I imagined.

This is my favorite song from the Broadway. Yes, even above Defying Gravity. Norbert Leo Butz and Idina Menzel are such a sexy vocal pair–better than when she sang with her husband (cheating bastard–also not as good a singer as Norbert).

Princess Bride: Story Book Love

It would be a crime to exclude Princess Bride from any list having to do with love, considering this movie is all about love, twu wuv, that will fowow you foweva and eva …

This song completely captures the movie’s heart and style. It’s as heartwarming and tender as the film’s happy ending.

It’s one of my favorite love songs of all time. Needless to say, I own it on iTunes, and I will be playing it this Valentine’s Day.

A Love Before Time: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

If this was a list of my top favorite romances, Le Mu-Bi and Yu Shu Lein would definitely make the list; however, this is a list for songs, and as you can see, their song makes the list.

This is a song about love transcending time and death. I dare you to listen to it without being moved. If you aren’t, you have no soul. How can you not be moved by cello music. From the first instrumental note, I was sold. The chords, the lyrics, the instruments. Did I mention the cello? I’m a sucker for cellos.

Then You Look at Me: Bicentennial Man

I’ve never seen this movie, but as a huge fan of Celine Dion, I’ve heard this song–at least a hundred times.

Is it any wonder it’s a romantic song. Written by James Horner and Will Jennings–the writers of Celine Dion’s more memorable hit, “My Heart Will Go On.”

If you haven’t heard of this song, it’s because the movie was a flop, and Celine’s (far inferior song) “That’s the Way it is” was a huge hit on the radio at the time, so sadly, this one was not played on the radio, but included on several of her albums.

If you haven’t heard it, I encourage you to. I think you’ll find it just as memorable as many of Celine’s other hits.

Well, there you have it. Those are my favorites. Which are yours? Any I left off the list?

To all of my friends and followers, have a wonderful Valentine’s day.

No Date, No Problem

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All the single ladies–and men–put your hands up! This year I’ll be spending V-Day all by my onesies. Being single doesn’t bother me. After all, I’m single, not alone.

Valentine’s Day is about love, not just romantic love. It’s a time to celebrate all the things and people you care about. For instance, I love my family, wine, reading, writing,and music, so I’ll be indulging in those things.

Time with the Family

I spent Thursday with my mom, brother and his wife, my sister, and my son (not to mention three cats and a dog) for an early V-Day dinner. Today–the day–it will just be me and my sister.

Patty_y_SelmaI’d like to say we are going to spend the evening leisurely drinking a bottle of wine, but our bottle of pink moscato is already gone (did I mention I love wine), so we’ll probably just hang out on the couch and talk. To be honest, this is my idea of a good time. I love my sister more than anyone, so it only makes sense that I’d spend the day with her. Isn’t that what the holiday is all about?

A Blind Date With a Book

untitledIf you’re looking for love, go to the library, not the bar. Bed, bath, couch, kitchen table: a book can go wherever a man can. This year, I’ll be cuddling up with a few books. If you follow me on twitter and Facebook, you know my library is hosting “Blind Date with a Book.” I picked a romance because I figure you can’t go wrong with a romance. I got “Night Storm.” I don’t know if I’ll read the entire thing. I’ll probably just skim to find the naughty parts. Regardless of whether I got a good book, I thought this was a great idea. Check out your library to see if they have anything like this. If you’re leery of meeting strangers, you can always re-read one of your favorite books Looking at my bookshelf, I don’t have a lot of romances, but “Pride and Prejudice” is a great love story. Or if you haven’t read “Princess Bride,” I recommend it. After all, that’s the love story that teaches you love can overcome anything, even death or large rats.

Instead of revisiting my bookshelf, I’ll be reading something new. I recently purchased “Grá mo Chroí: Love Stories from Irish Myth” by Jane Dougherty and Ali Issac. I’m a sucker for anything Irish, and romance (I’ll ship anything that moves), so this book was right up my alley. I’ve been playing Irish music on my Pandora nonstop, and so far these stories remind me of my favorite Irish love songs. Handsome men, tragic love stories, magic and mythology. What’s not to like?

If you haven’t checked it out, here’s the description from Amazon:

coverLong ago in a green island surrounded by protective mists, a people lived among the relics of a bygone age of which they knew nothing, not being archaeologists, but around whom they created a mythology. They were a volatile people, easily moved to love or war, and motivated by a strict sense of honour. They had women warriors and handsome lovers, wicked queens and cruel kings, precious heroines and flawed heroes. Magic was in the air, beneath the ground, and in the waves of the sea, and hyperbole was the stuff of stories. They were the Irish, and these are a few retellings of some of their beautiful stories.

Write Mr. Right?

While I can’t say I’ll get a lot of writing done today, I may spend some time fantasizing about some of my fantasy men (pun intended). I know it sounds vain, but who hasn’t fallen in love with one of their leading men. When I was in high school I fell in love with Sagaru, the main man in a Japanese/fantasy novel I wrote. If he’d come to life, I’d be Mrs. Sagaru by now. I don’t think I’d date any men from my current WIP, except maybe Ashby, of course. Maybe I’ll have to pick a romantic scene to write in honor of the holiday.

So my advice to all of you today regardless of your marital status, spend the day with those you love doing things you love. Watch a movie, read a book, listen to music, or cuddle with your kitty (if you have a kitty that cuddles instead of claws). Don’t waste it with bad people or bad books.

Well, I’ve got to wrap this up. If you haven’t already, check out “Grá mo Chroí.” Nothing is more romantic than an old Irish love story or song, so please enjoy this old Gaelic love song I’ve been playing nonstop while gearing up for V-Day and St. Patrick’s Day.